Participants at a Seattle Arts Leadership Team meeting
Participants at a Seattle Arts Leadership Team meeting

Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT)

The Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) is a flexible and creative professional development program for artists and arts administrators. SALT combines the need for on-going professional development with the creativity of the sector by bringing interesting, challenging and thought provoking workshops, networking and training to the Seattle’s arts ecology.

Elisheba Johnson
Project Manager
(206) 684-0182

Upcoming Events

SALT Mentor Night: Arts & Resistance

June 19, 2018, 6 - 8:00pm

Please join us for The Seattle Arts Leadership Team's (SALT) third mentorship event. We'll be at El Centro De La Raza's Centilia Cultural Center.

This year's theme is Arts & Resistance. We have reached out to change agents and organizers doing social justice work in the arts, so you can learn how to leverage your art in meaningful, authentic ways to make change. This evening will be an opportunity to ask these artists/activists how they use art to make to make social change.

Each mentor will meet with up to four participants at a time for 15-minute sessions. This time is where you can ask questions or have a generative conversation about arts activism.

Mentors include:

  • Lulu Carpenter, Owner of Lulu Nation
  • Aaron Counts, Teaching Artist at Creative Justice
  • Louie Gong, Owner of Eighth Generation
  • James Miles, Executive Director of Arts Corps
  • Christian Paige, Poet, Speaker, Educator
  • Gabriel Teodros, Musician, Writer, DJ, Activist
  • Angelina Villalobos, Teaching Artist, Urban Artworks
  • Lacie West, Executive Director of the Service Board

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SALT Networking Mixer

July 12, 2018, 6 - 7:30pm

Come and meet fellow artists and arts administrators and learn about the work of KVRU 105.7 FM.

KVRU 105.7 FM is a low-power, noncommercial radio station that provides opportunities to share stories and deepen ties to community. Their broadcasts reflect local creativity and diversity, and a vision for a more just society. Light food and beverages will be provided.

Accessibility is a top priority for the Office of Arts & Culture; please email or call (206) 684-7372 with specific accessibility needs.

About KVRU 105.7 FM
Launched in 2017, KVRU is a forum for local arts and culture, music, and public affairs. KVRU is located at 105.7 FM, with signal coverage including all of the Rainier Valley and some areas beyond.

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Art Law webinar series

Copyright Today: What’s New & Does it Still Matter

Partnering with Cinnamon Stephens, J.D. the Seattle Arts Leadership Team (SALT) hosted its first art law webinar focusing on copyright, an important and widely misunderstood area of law. With guest lecturer Cinnamon Stephens, a lawyer who concentrates her practice on art and related intellectual property law, the webinar will offer information on basic, relevant legal principles and provide attendees with models and frameworks to build on in everyday interactions.

Our programs centering racial equity and social justice began in 2004 when the City also adopted the first ever Race and Social Justice Initiative. In conjunction with the Office for Civil Rights (OCR), ARTS has increased our resources and commitment to applying a racial equity lens to our work . From commissioning racial equity trainings (White Fragility with Robin DiAngelo and Centering People of Color in the Racial Equity Movement by Carmen Morgan), equitable access to arts education in public schools (The Creative Advantage), a shared staff position with OCR, focus groups specifically for artists of color (Artists Up), to a learning co-hort for arts organizations to expand their own understanding and commitment to racial equity (Turning Commitment into Action). We have consistently sought to increase our capacity and that of our community. Creating a racial equity statement is a result of this work and provides a path into our future; holding our office and our field accountable to our community.

The Seattle Arts Commission emphatically shares the Office of Arts & Culture's Commitment to Racial Equity. As an advisory body grounded in our common pledge to fostering racial and social justice, we leverage our collective strength and breadth of knowledge to advocate for racial equity in arts policy, programming and funding. We do this work by centering communities of color in our united effort with the City to help build a just and liberated society for all.


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